BabyStart Test – Fertilcount Test
The BayStart FertilCount Combi Pack is suitable for you to do at home and measures the levels of Fertility for both men and women.
There are 2 tests included in this pack.
If you would like to read more about infertility click here.
Why do I need this test?
The male must produce a sufficient number of normal, actively moving sperm in order to achieve conception and according to the World Health Organisation a man needs 15 million sperm per mL to be considered fertile. Thebabystart® FertilCount™ Male Fertility test will tell you whether the sperm concentration in the test sample is below 15 million/mL motile sperm (negative test) or above 15 million/mL motile sperm (positive test). A positive result is going to be good news although it’s not proof of fertility. A negative result is not all bad news because it saves you months of trying to have a baby – in this case we suggest you get along to the doctor for professional help and advice.
This test can help to identify the potential of male fertility in the privacy of your home.
Testing for low sperm count in men, how does it work?
The babystart® FertilCount™ Male Fertility test cassette simply works by staining the sperm cells (DNA) in a semen sample to produce a blue colour. The more sperm cells that are stained in the sample then the darker the ‘test well’ becomes.
Clinical trials have rated our babystart® FertilCount™ Male Fertility test to have a 97% ACCURACY of identifying whether a sample is above or below the WHO cut off point for fertility, 15 million per mL of sperm.
Simple and discreet;
READ the test results within 5 minutes of this step.
Reading the TEST Results:
If you are unsure of the results of the test, take a second test. The second test should not be repeated until at least 3 days later but not more than 7 days after the first test.
If both tests were positive then your sperm count is equal to or greater than 15 million per mL. However, if either or both of the tests were negative then we recommend you consult your doctor with a view to having a full semen analysis performed.
Why do I need this test?
The hormone F.S.H. can be raised in women with irregular periods and will steadily rise as a woman gets older. As menopause approaches the levels get particularly high and act as an early warning system. With this test a negative result is going to be good news although its not proof of fertility. A positive test result suggests your fertility is reduced and we recommend that you see your doctor to discuss the results and perhaps have more tests done.
When do you use the Test ?
The first morning urine is recommended because it contains the highest levels of F.S.H. Testing at any other time of the day may give false negative test results.
How do you use the Test?
When to test
The test can be taken at any time during the month and then the second test should be taken 1 week later. We recommend that you test using first morning urine as it contains the most hormone and so will give a more accurate result.
Do not read the results after 10 minutes.
A pink/purple line in the circular window (test window) whose colour intensity is of equal or greater colour intensity (darker) than the line in the square window (control).
If only one coloured line appears in the square window (control) the result is negative. If a second band (the test band) appears below the first line, which is lighter than the first line, then the result is also negative.
If no coloured lines appear in either window or a line appears in the test window but not the control band then the test is invalid and you should repeat using a new test.
What should I do with my results?
If the test result is positive, repeat the test one week later using the second dipstick to confirm the result. F.S.H. elevates for short periods in normal cycles but it is the extended elevation of F.S.H., which could indicate pre-menopausal state. If the second test is also positive you should make an appointment to visit your doctor.
A positive result means that F.S.H. levels are high, this can be an indicator of a pre-menopausal state and if symptoms such as irregular periods, hot flushes, mood swings, insomnia and fatigue exist, you should discuss your results and symptoms with your doctor.
A Negative Test result indicates that your F.S.H. levels are not raised. However, if you do have irregular periods or any menopause-like symptoms we still recommend you see your doctor.
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